Georgia’s graduation rate is at an all-time high

The News: Georgia High Schools are graduating record numbers of seniors. The state department of education released the graduation rates today and Georgia’s graduation rate rose to 81.6 percent over last year’s 80.6 percent. All in all, 74 school districts had graduation rates at or above 90 percent.

The Trend: While a one point increase may not appear significant, this year’s increase is part of a larger trend that has seen Georgia’s graduation rate increase significantly since 2012. In 2012, the graduation rate was 69.7 percent. Between 2014 and 2015 the graduation rate saw its most significant increase when it went from 72.6 percent to 79.4 percent.

The Quote: State School Superintendent Richard Woods said he is confident these gains will continue. 

“From Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education to dual enrollment to the fine arts, there is an unprecedented emphasis on supporting the whole child and making sure every single student understands the relevance of what they’re learning. I’m confident we’ll continue to see these gains as long as we’re still expanding opportunities that keep students invested in their education,” Woods said in a statement.

Your School System: Here is how your local school system compared to the state average.

SystemGraduation RateComparison
Statewide Average81.6 
Appling County88.8Above state average
Atkinson County88.5Above state average
Bacon County94.3Above state average
Baker County77.8Below state average
Baldwin County92.3Above state average
Banks County92.7Above state average
Barrow County86.1Above state average
Bartow County87.1Above state average
Ben Hill County79.8Below state average
Berrien County79.1Below state average
Bibb County78.5Below state average
Bleckley County92.0Above state average
Brantley County82.8Above state average
Brooks County85.5Above state average
Bryan County88.1Above state average
Bulloch County85.1Above state average
Burke County89.4Above state average
Butts County80.8Below state average
Calhoun County89.4Above state average
Camden County92.6Above state average
Candler County91.2Above state average
Carroll County91.7Above state average
Catoosa County87.8Above state average
Charlton County86.6Above state average
Savannah-Chatham County86.6Above state average
Chattahoochee County82.1Above state average
Chattooga County82.2Above state average
Cherokee County87.4Above state average
Clarke County79.6Below state average
Clayton County71.7Below state average
Clinch County98.9Above state average
Cobb County85.2Above state average
Coffee County82.8Above state average
Colquitt County79.6Below state average
Columbia County90.6Above state average
Cook County89.9Above state average
Coweta County84.8Above state average
Crawford County82.6Above state average
Crisp County87.9Above state average
Dade County92.2Above state average
Dawson County94.7Above state average
Decatur County84.1Above state average
DeKalb County75.0Below state average
Dodge County93.1Above state average
Dooly County83.2Above state average
Dougherty County86.1Above state average
Douglas County86.5Above state average
Early County90.9Above state average
Echols County95.4Above state average
Effingham County91.3Above state average
Elbert County81.9Above state average
Emanuel County84.4Above state average
Evans County81.8Above state average
Fannin County94.3Above state average
Fayette County88.8Above state average
Floyd County93.6Above state average
Forsyth County94.2Above state average
Franklin County91.3Above state average
Fulton County86.8Above state average
Gilmer County83.8Above state average
Glascock County87.9Above state average
Glynn County95.1Above state average
Gordon County94.8Above state average
Grady County90.7Above state average
Greene County89.6Above state average
Gwinnett County81.7Above state average
Habersham County92.0Above state average
Hall County88.2Above state average
Hancock County83.3Above state average
Haralson County94.3Above state average
Harris County92.4Above state average
Hart County95.1Above state average
Heard County91.0Above state average
Henry County87.7Above state average
Houston County87.2Above state average
Irwin County92.0Above state average
Jackson County93.6Above state average
Jasper County84.9Above state average
Jeff Davis County90.4Above state average
Jefferson County87.5Above state average
Jenkins County80.0Below state average
Johnson County93.3Above state average
Jones County87.8Above state average
Lamar County87.0Above state average
Lanier County79.4Below state average
Laurens County83.7Above state average
Lee County87.5Above state average
Liberty County85.0Above state average
Lincoln County84.6Above state average
Long County92.4Above state average
Lowndes County92.0Above state average
Lumpkin County90.0Above state average
Macon County86.9Above state average
Madison County90.4Above state average
Marion County92.8Above state average
McDuffie County76.6Below state average
McIntosh County77.2Below state average
Meriwether County83.9Above state average
Miller County83.3Above state average
Mitchell County96.2Above state average
Monroe County84.8Above state average
Montgomery County89.3Above state average
Morgan County89.7Above state average
Murray County92.7Above state average
Muscogee County88.9Above state average
Newton County87.0Above state average
Oconee County94.4Above state average
Oglethorpe County90.9Above state average
Paulding County86.3Above state average
Peach County81.3Below state average
Pickens County95.7Above state average
Pierce County90.8Above state average
Pike County87.7Above state average
Polk County80.5Below state average
Pulaski County90.5Above state average
Putnam County92.6Above state average
Quitman County95.7Above state average
Rabun County94.4Above state average
Randolph County83.1Above state average
Richmond County77.7Below state average
Rockdale County81.8Above state average
Schley County97.3Above state average
Screven County81.6Same as state average
Seminole County88.4Above state average
Griffin-Spalding County85.4Above state average
Stephens County89.7Above state average
Stewart County96.2Above state average
Sumter County88.6Above state average
Talbot County95.0Above state average
Taliaferro CountyToo Few Students 
Tattnall County84.3Above state average
Taylor County85.7Above state average
Telfair County78.3Below state average
Terrell County91.4Above state average
Thomas County90.9Above state average
Tift County85.3Above state average
Toombs County87.6Above state average
Towns County97.7Above state average
Treutlen County84.8Above state average
Troup County84.1Above state average
Turner County84.1Above state average
Twiggs County95.7Above state average
Union County97.5Above state average
Thomaston-Upson County87.1Above state average
Walker County88.0Above state average
Walton County87.7Above state average
Ware County89.7Above state average
Warren County87.9Above state average
Washington County95.2Above state average
Wayne County90.8Above state average
Webster County85.7Above state average
Wheeler County84.1Above state average
White County88.3Above state average
Whitfield County80.3Below state average
Wilcox County93.7Above state average
Wilkes County80.5Above state average
Wilkinson County91.8Above state average
Worth County76.9Below state average
Atlanta Public Schools79.9Below state average
Bremen City98.1Above state average
Buford City93.2Above state average
Calhoun City97.6Above state average
Carrollton City89.4Above state average
Cartersville City91.3Above state average
Chickamauga City99.1Above state average
Commerce City93.7Above state average
Dalton Public Schools78.9Below state average
City Schools of Decatur95.4Above state average
Dublin City90.2Above state average
Gainesville City87.9Above state average
Jefferson City95.5Above state average
Marietta City76.2Below state average
Pelham City90.2Above state average
Rome City90.5Above state average
Social Circle City93.9Above state average
Thomasville City75.7Below state average
Trion City96.1Above state average
Valdosta City87.8Above state average
Vidalia City94.0Above state average

How are the rates calculated?: According to the Georgia Department of Education, graduation rates are calculated as follows:

Georgia calculates a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as required by federal law. This rate is the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class. From the beginning of ninth grade, students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is subsequently “adjusted” by adding any students who transfer into the cohort during the next three years, and subtracting any students who transfer out.

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